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CIMS Systems Announcements

All systems related announcements of both a critical and non-critical nature are posted here. This includes disruptions of network connectivity, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance of servers, changes in resources and services, upgrades to software and the availability of new software.

Security/Software Updates (Linux reboots)

Compute nodes as well as desktop machines WILL BE REBOOTED on Thursday (Aug 22nd).  Rolling updates will be applied to machines between 8pm and 12am. In an effort to try and minimize any corrupted files or lost work, please save all your data and logout of any linux systems before 8pm. Many of the updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer lab located in WWH229. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The machines that have been updated are:

  • WWH229: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox16.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox26.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox33.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox34.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox41.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox45.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox46.cims.nyu.edu

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • Linux kernel (automatic REBOOT)

 A full list of all software updates for linux and solaris is available on the update page.

June 21-22 Planned Power Outage Update

Timeline:

Shutdown of fileservers begins around 5 pm on Friday, June 21, and all systems should be down by 6 pm. At this point CIMS Windows and Linux desktop computers will be unusable for the duration of the outage.

Depending on how work progresses and how quickly network services to CIMS servers can be restored, the outage should last until some time between late afternoon and the evening of Saturday, June 22.

We strongly urge users to take this time off from their CIMS computer accounts and plan to work offline if at all by copying needed files to alternative systems. However, we plan to make some services available as best as we can during the outage. What follows is subject to change, so please refer to it again.

Services that will be available during the outage:

Wired and wireless networking throughout Warren Weaver Hall should remain available, so people should be able to use personal desktops and laptops in their offices.

Networking and non-CIMS systems in 715/19 Broadway should be unaffected. We will run temporary services on systems housed in that building as follows.

Access to user files:

After 5 pm on Friday, 6/21, users will be able to login to  access.cims.nyu.edu and have read-only access to a backup copy of their home directory. Because this copy is from a nightly backup, it will only reflect changs made through early on Friday. If you make changes  on Friday that you want to keep working on through the outage, you should copy those files to a personal computer before the outage (after the outage your files on the "real" systems will be back to their pre-outage state). We advise people to user an scp client to copy files to personal machines. Files under user data directories (ie, /data) will not be available.

If you login to access.cims.nyu.edu using an ssh client you may get error messages because the directory is not writeable, but it should work nonetheless.

Web Services:

We will continue to maintain our web presence using static content on all CIMS, departmental and related web sites. This too will be read-only, so dynamic content, cannot be updated. Also, changes made in the last day before the outages may not appear on these temporary web sites.

CIMS Email accessible on webmail.cims.nyu.edu:

The CIMS mail system will be shut down around 5 pm, and will remain unavilable for up to an hour while we bring it up on a backup server. CIMS Mail will only be accessible by logging into webmail.cims.nyu.edu. We cannot allow imap or connections due to the unpredictabitiy  of the various imap clients and the devices on which they may run. That is, we do not want to risk mail on these clients to get out of sync during the outage with the possibility they can't fix themselves through normal operation.

  • New mail will reside in your INBOX
  • A read-only copy of your inbox as it existed on Thursday evening will be listed as INBOX-ReadOnly. Like with the home directories, this is actually a backup copy run over night.
  • Mail from Thursday evening through the shutdown will appear as a folder called INBOX-0621. This is all email that will have come in over the course of the day on Friday up until the shutdown, so it is basically for redundancy.
  • Read-only versions of your regular mail folders should be accessible by their familiar names listed below the temporary writeable "INBOX files."

 

Security/Software Updates (Linux reboots)

Compute nodes as well as desktop machines WILL BE REBOOTED on Thursday (May 23rd).  Rolling updates will be applied to machines between 8pm and 12am. In an effort to try and minimize any corrupted files or lost work, please save all your data and logout of any linux systems before 8pm. Many of the updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer lab located in WWH229. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The machines that have been updated are:

  • WWH229: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox16.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox26.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox33.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox34.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox41.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox45.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox46.cims.nyu.edu

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • Linux kernel (automatic REBOOT)

 A full list of all software updates for linux and solaris is available on the update page.

Planned Power Outage

Courant is coordinating with ITS to schedule a power outage in the Warren Weaver Hall data center for electrical work related to the installation of new UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) systems, which will provide emergency backup power to the entire data center. The outage will be substantial, lasting approximately 16-24 hours, during which time Courant's primary system and network services in Warren Weaver Hall will be unavailable. At this time, the proposed target date for the outage is Saturday, June 22nd, 2013. We will know more about specific timing as planning progresses.

This work must be scheduled for this summer, as the current UPS infrastructure for the data center is both obsolete and inadequate. Because this data center serves as the hub of Courant's computing and network services, the impact of this outage will be significant, but so will the benefits, though the objective is that users will never be aware of them.

During the outage:

While Courant's primary file and mail servers will be unavailable, and network connectivity throughout Warren Weaver Hall, both wired and wireless, will be out of commission, systems and network connectivity at 715/719 Broadway will remain available.

To minimize the impact of the outage on our community, fail-over equipment housed in 715 Broadway will be used to keep CIMS, Math, CS and research web services on-line, as well as to provide "read only" access to files and mail, enabling users to continue working using alternative storage space, either on their personal computers or temporary disk space Courant will provide.

After the Outage:

Following this initial phase of the work, a second outage of CIMS equipment will need to be planned for a later date to connect our circuit panels to the new UPS systems. This subsequent outage will be considerably shorter in duration than the first.

At present, we have limited backup power capacity protecting only our critical servers and disk systems. Once the transition is completed, however, this protection will extend to secondary services and computing resources, protecting long-running jobs and generally enabling us to withstand planned and unplanned power disruptions lasting as long as 15-30 minutes. The most practical advantage of this is that it will ensure smooth transitions between Con Edison and NYU Co-gen power in cases when such transfers are necessary.

On-site Intel Cluster Tools Seminar

Update: Moved to WWH 201

An Intel engineer with the Intel Cluster Tools Suite will be giving an on-site seminar in regards to their clustering software suite.  CIMS as well as the NYU community (HPC, etc) are invited.  CIMS users have access to these tools by running 'module load intel64', and the tools are located in '/opt/intel'.

  • Location: WWH 201
  • Date: Tuesday, April 30th from 1:15pm - 3:15pm
  • Topics:
  • - MPI Performance Options
  • - Analysis tools
  • - MKL (may be rescheduled for separate seminar if sufficient interest)

Space is limited, so please RSVP to guarantee yourself a seat (login with your NYU NetID).

More documentation in regards to the Intel Cluster Suite are available from the Intel Website.

Window Virtual Lab Expansion

Due to increasing usage of the Windows Virtual Lab (Windows on Linux) service, several users have run into the situation where a VM wasn't available for use.  We've added new nodes to the virtual pool of available machines to address the issue.  Thank you for being patient with our continued expansion of this service.

If you continue to run into any problems, please let us know at helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu.

New Software: COMSOL

COMSOL is now available from all the CIMS Linux machines (compute nodes and desktops).

The COMSOL Multiphysics simulation environment facilitates all the steps in the modeling process – defining your geometry, meshing, specifying your physics, solving, and then visualizing your results.

Simply run 'comsol' from a command line interface.

Incoming email, March 18, 2013

There was an issue with incoming email from outside that may have resulted in some mail being returned to the sender. The issue has been resolved, but if you were expecting something you have not received, you may want to have the sender resend it. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Incoming Mail

There was an issue with incoming email from
outside that may have resulted in some mail
being returned to the sender. The issue has been
resolved, but if you were expecting email you have not
received, you may want to have the sender resend it.
Sorry for the inconvenience.


Visit Update

The VisIt visualization software has been updated.  If you experience problems with it, please let us know.  You can also run the last version by running 'visit-last'.

Free On Campus Matlab Seminars

Free on campus Matlab seminars on Thursday, March 7th @ NYU’s Kimmel Center, Room 802 (Shorin Studio). 

Session 1 (10am-12pm): Mathematical Modeling with MATLAB

Mathematical models are critical to understanding and accurately simulating the behavior of complex systems. They enable important tasks such as forecasting system behavior for various “what if” scenarios, characterizing system response, and designing control systems.  This session will show how you can use MATLAB products for mathematical modeling tasks, including:
•             Developing models using data fitting and first-principle modeling techniques
•             Optimizing the accuracy of mathematical models
•             Simulating models and post-processing the results
•             Documenting and sharing models
  
You will also learn about different approaches you can use to develop models, including developing models programmatically using the MATLAB language, deriving closed-form analytical equations using symbolic computation, and leveraging prebuilt graphical tools for specific modeling tasks such as curve and surface fitting. 

Session 2 (2pm-4pm):  Parallel Computing with MATLAB

In this session, you will learn how to solve computationally and data-intensive problems using multicore processors, GPUs, and computer clusters. We will introduce you to high-level programming constructs that allow you to parallelize MATLAB applications without CUDA or MPI programming and run them on multiple processors. We will also show you how to overcome the memory limits of your desktop computer and solve problems that require manipulating very large matrices by distributing your data.
  
Highlights include:
•        Toolboxes with built-in support for parallel computing
•        Creating parallel applications to speed up independent tasks
•        Programming with distributed arrays to work with large data sets
•        Scaling up to computer clusters, grid environments, or clouds
•        Tips on developing parallel algorithms

** These technical seminars are FREE for all NYU faculty, staff, researcher and students. **
 
Please contact rheather.wellman at mathworks dot com with any questions.

Security/Software Updates (Linux reboots)

Compute nodes as well as desktop machines WILL BE REBOOTED on Thursday (March 7th).  Rolling updates will be applied to machines between 8pm and 12am. In an effort to try and minimize any corrupted files or lost work, please save all your data and logout of any linux systems before 8pm. Many of the updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer lab located in WWH229. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The machines that have been updated are:

  • WWH229: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox16.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox26.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox33.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox34.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox41.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox45.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox46.cims.nyu.edu

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • Linux kernel (automatic REBOOT)

 A full list of all software updates for linux and solaris is available on the update page.

 

Unschedule System Outages

Recently there have been numerous file server outages that have caused widespread system disruptions throughout Courant.  The disruptions tend to result in inability to log-on or a system becomes unresponsive for an extended amount of time.  Sometimes there are residual affects until you logout and back in again.  We want to assure everyone that we are working furiously on the problem.  We have been in communication with Oracle about the problem for several days and their engineering group is assisting with determining a solution.  We have been acquiring significant ammounts of diagnostic information during each of the outages and have been able to narrowed down the cause of the problem.  We are currently taking steps to try and prevent it in the future.  We are also in the process of building out an alternative infastructure that we hope will circumvent the issue entirely.  In addition, we would like to assure everyone that their data is completely intact and this issue does not compromise the integrity of data stored on the systems.

We apologize for the disruptions and hope to have this problem worked out as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please email helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu.

Default Python Downgrade

The default version of Python installed on the Courant systems was recently switched to Python-2.7.  This was causing many system problems.  As a result, the system default version of python has been reverted to Python-2.6.  Never fear however, you can still use Python-2.7 as your default.  Before using python simply run the following from a command line:

module load python-2.7

For a list of other available modules and software versions available, run:

module avail

If you have any problems, please notify helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu

New Courant Community Wiki

A new Courant community driven wiki is now up and running on NYU's WikiSpaces

This wiki exists to allow members of the CIMS community to provide any content that they think could be useful to fellow community members.  Consider posting any of the following (or whatever else you think people may want to know about):

  • Have a tip about using the computer systems at Courant?  Post it!
  • Have a favorite place to eat nearby? Post it!
  • Know when/where CIMS people go to socialize? Post it!
  • Have an unofficial group that gets together regularly or want to start one?  Post it!
  • Know about some great entertainment in the neighborhood? Post it!

Enjoy!

Phishing Attempt: "Urgent Attention"

Many CIMS users have received a recent email with the subject "Urgent Attention" referring to a virus.  This email is not from the Courant Systems Group, and should be deleted.

Server Outage Monday Night

On Monday, January 21st, 2013, around 11pm,  we will shut down the file servers that host users's home directories for updates.  The patching and rebooting process of the servers is expected to last less than 2 hours.  Home directory's as well as dependent services will be unavailable during this time.  You are urged to save all your work and log out of all CIMS systems before 10:30pm to avoid any data loss.


Security/Software Updates (Linux reboots)

Following up on the home home directory server updates, we'll be doing Linux system updates the following day.  Compute nodes as well as desktop machines WILL BE REBOOTED on Tuesday (Jan. 22nd).  Rolling updates will be applied to machines between 8pm and 12am. In an effort to try and minimize any corrupted files or lost work, please save all your data and logout of any linux systems before 8pm. Many of the updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer lab located in WWH229. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The machines that have been updated are:

  • WWH229: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox16.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox26.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox33.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox34.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox41.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox45.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox46.cims.nyu.edu

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • Linux kernel (automatic REBOOT)

 A full list of all software updates for linux and solaris is available on the update page.

 

Maple Upgrade

The Maple software has been upgraded to the latest version.  No changes should be necessary on the user end.  Just run 'xmaple' from the command line to run it.

If you have any problems, please notify helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu

Last Login Information

CIMS users can now get a list of their most recent terminal logins from the CIMS Portal.

Note: This information is updated nightly and does not include service logins like the web server authentications, mail access, source code management authentications, etc.  It is simply with regards to terminal logins such as SSH or desktop logins.

System Announcements Mailing Lists

Both the general and critical announcement feeds can now be delivered via email (instead of having to visit these pages and/or using a feed aggregator client)!  Click the "Subscribe" button at the top of either feed to subscribe to them independently and get announcements delivered to your inbox.

Mathematica Upgrade

The Mathematica software has been upgraded to the latest version.  No changes should be necessary on the user end.  Just run 'mathematica' from the command line to run it.

If you have any problems, please notify helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu

NYU Proxy Bug Fix

Many of NYU's web based resources (extended library resources, NYU MyTime, etc.) are restricted to local NYU computers.  You can still use these resources from home provided you have a valid NetID and password.  Simply follow the NYU proxy instructions, but instead of using the NYU proxy configuration file (http://proxy.nyu.edu/proxy.pac), use the CIMS proxy configuration file (http://cims.nyu.edu/u/proxy-pac).

NYU's proxy configuration file incorrectly instructs many computers on private (often home networks) to not use the proxy specifically when visiting NYU websites.  The CIMS configuration file fixes this problem.

Note: We've already notified ITS and they are either unwilling or unable to fix the problem on their end.

For further updates with NYU proxy usage, see: http://cims.nyu.edu/u/proxy

Intel Compiler Suite Upgrade

The Intel Compiler Suite has been upgraded to the Intel Cluster Studio XE.

A couple changes should be noted.  To set the compiler environment variables all you need to do is run the following:

module load intel64

The new compiler suite is still located in the following location: /opt/intel

You can still use the old compiler until you upgrade any systems to the new version.  The old compiler has been moved to: /opt/pkg/intel/last/

If you have any problems, please notify helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu.

Matlab Upgrade

The Matlab software installed on the Linux machines has been upgraded to R2012b.  If you have any problems, please notify helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu.

Wireless Network Problems

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Following upgrades to the wireless services in Warren Weaver Hall, ITS reports that new access points on floors 2-9 should be active and stable by the end of business today, and floors 10-13 should be finished by early next week. This means that we will have blanket coverage throughout the building for better performance and reliability.

Systems Downtime Scheduled

August 17, 2012

On Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012, around 11 pm,  we will shut down the home directory file servers that host all our users to do OS upgrades.  The patching and rebooting process of the servers should take about 2 hours.  Home directory's as well as dependent services will be unavailable during this time.  You are urged to save all your work and log out of all CIMS systems before 11pm to avoid any data loss.

In addition, we're going use this outage as a chance to update all our Linux systems.  Compute nodes as well as desktop machines WILL BE REBOOTED this Wednesday (Aug 22nd).  Rolling updates will be applied to machines between 11pm and 4am. In an effort to try and minimize any corrupted files or lost work, please save all your data and logout of any linux systems when you leave for the night. Many of the updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer lab located in WWH229. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The machines that have been updated are:

  • WWH229: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox16.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox26.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox33.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox34.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox41.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox45.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox46.cims.nyu.edu

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • Linux kernel (automatic REBOOT)
  • glibc
  • R
  • pypy

Computer Server Outage

A bug introduced in the last Linux kernel updates have caused some serious performance issues.  The COMPUTE NODES WILL BE REBOOTED this Thursday (July 12th) (desktops will not be rebooted) between 11pm and 3am to address this issue. In an effort to try and minimize any corrupted files or lost work, please save all your data and logout of any of the compute nodes during this time.

If you have any questions please email helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu.

Security/Software Updates (Linux reboots)

Security and software updates are being pushed out to the CIMS Linux machines.  Compute nodes as well as desktop machines WILL BE REBOOTED this Thursday (June 21st) (to avoid a reboot notify helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu and reschedule a time) in the wee hours of the night between 10pm and 5am to complete software updates. In an effort to try and minimize any corrupted files or lost work, please save all your data and logout of any linux systems when you leave for the night. The updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer lab located in WWH229. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The machines that have been updated are:

  • WWH229: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox16.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox26.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox33.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox34.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox41.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox45.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox46.cims.nyu.edu

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • Linux kernel (automatic REBOOT)
  • Xorg
  • MySQL
  • Python
    Gnome
    KDE/Qt
  • atlas
  • GCC
  • glibc

A full list of all software updates for linux and solaris is available on the update page.

Access Machine Replacement

On Thursday night (6/21/2012) the access.cims.nyu.edu (running Solaris) machines will be replaced with the Linux access systems.  We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur.  If your software does rely on Solaris software, you can still access crunchy12.cims.nyu.edu.  The main difference is that the SSH keys will change and you may get a warning as a result.  The SSH RSA fingerprint for the replacement machines is 71:63:c0:cc:63:06:9b:6a:25:a1:17:62:48:be:3f:8f (see Secure Verification)Create

Linax1 Scheduled Downtime

Linax1.cims.nyu.edu will by offline briefly for maintenance.  The scheduled outage is scheduled for 7pm on Thursday June 7th and is expected to last less than 15 minutes.

Feel free to use the access.cims.nyu.edu servers to connect from remote locations during the outage.

If you have problems or questions please contact helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu.

Linax1 Scheduled Downtime

Linax1.cims.nyu.edu will by offline briefly down due to an upgrade to RHEL6.  The scheduled outage is expected to last less than 5 minutes at approximately 6:30pm on Thursday May 3rd.  We urge you to test any software on a RHEL6 system (see compute servers for a list of available systems) to make sure it's compatible.

Feel free to use the access.cims.nyu.edu servers to connect from remote locations during the outage.

If you have problems or questions please contact helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu.

NYU Matlab Seminar: Parallel Computing

When: Thursday, March 8th, 2012 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Where: NYU Langone Medical Center Alumni Hall, Room B

In this session, you will learn how to solve computationally and data-intensive problems using multicore processors, GPUs, and computer clusters. We will introduce you to high-level programming constructs that allow you to parallelize MATLAB applications without CUDA or MPI programming and run them on multiple processors. We will also show you how to overcome the memory limits of your desktop computer and solve problems that require manipulating very large matrices by distributing your data.

Highlights include:

  • Toolboxes with built-in support for parallel computing
  • Creating parallel applications to speed up independent task
  • Programming with distributed arrays to work with large data sets
  • Scaling up to computer clusters, grid environments, or clouds
  • Tips on developing parallel algorithms 

Register to get a seat!

Security Update (Linux reboots)

Security and software updates are being pushed out to the CIMS Linux machines.  Compute nodes as well as desktop machines WILL BE REBOOTED this Thursday (January 26, 2012) (to avoid a reboot notify helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu and reschedule a time) in the wee hours of the night between 10pm and 5am to complete software updates. In an effort to try and minimize any corrupted files or lost work, please save all your data and logout of any linux systems when you leave for the night. The updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer lab located in WWH229. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The machines that have been updated are:

  • WWH229: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox16.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox26.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox33.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox34.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox41.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox45.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox46.cims.nyu.edu

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • Linux kernel (automatic REBOOT)
  • alpine

A full list of all software updates for linux and solaris is available on the update page.

Procmail Changes

CIMS mail servers are now configured to use procmail as the local delivery agent (the program that is used for delivering messages to local mailboxes).   This means you can no longer use a ~/.forward file to control whether or not procmail is used for delivering messages to your mailbox.  Procmail is now always used for local mail delivery.  You can still use a .forward file to forward mail.  If you do not want to procmail to perform any mail processing whatsoever you should rename your ~/.procmailrc file to something else.  For example:
  mv ~/.procmailrc ~/.procmailrc.OFF

Software Updates: System Reboots

Security and software updates are being pushed out to the CIMS Linux machines.  Compute nodes as well as desktop machines WILL BE REBOOTED this Thursday (January 19, 2012) (to avoid a reboot notify helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu and reschedule a time) in the wee hours of the night between 10pm and 5am to complete software updates. In an effort to try and minimize any corrupted files or lost work, please save all your data and logout of any linux systems when you leave for the night. The updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer lab located in WWH229. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The machines that have been updated are:

  • WWH229: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox16.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox26.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox33.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox34.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox41.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox45.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox46.cims.nyu.edu

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • Linux kernel (automatic REBOOT)
  • acroread
    ATLAS
    coreutils
    gcc
    openssh
    openssl
    php
    python
    qt3
    samba
    texlive
    xorg

A full list of all software updates for linux and solaris is available on the update page.

Server Reboot, 12/10/11

On Saturday, December 10, 2011, around 11 pm,  we will shut down the server that hosts faculty, staff and CS PhD student home directories to apply an urgent OS patch.  The patching and rebooting process should take about 60-90 minutes.  We will update this page as need if it will take appreciably longer.

Old Software Being Removed

The following old versions of software are slated for removal at the end of the semester.  In preparation they are being moved preparation for their removal at the end of the semester.  If you rely on a specific version of software mentioned below, it will stop working.

 

  • CUDA: 2.x, 3.x is being moved to /usr/local/pkg/cuda/old/ until deletion (current install is 4.x)
  • Java: 1.6.x from /opt is being moved to /opt/pkg/java/old until deletion (current install is 1.7.x)
  • Maple: 11, 12 is being moved to /opt/pkg/maple/old until deletion (current install is 14)
  • Mathematica: 6.x, 7.x is being moved to /opt/pkg/mathematica/old until deletion (current install is 8.0)
  • Matlab: R2008-R2010  is being moved to /opt/pkg/matlab/old until deletion (current install is R2011a)
  • QT: 4.3.x is being moved to /usr/local/pkg/qt/old until deletion (current install is 4.6.x)
  • Sage: 2.11 is being moved to /opt/pkg/sage/old until deletion (current install is 4.7)
  • Tecplot: 2008-2009 is being moved to /opt/pkg/tecplot/old until deletion (current install is 2011)
  • Visit: 2.1.x is being moved to /opt/pkg/visit/old until deletion (current install is 2.2.x)

If you rely on one of these software packages, you will need to update your software to use the newest version installed.  If you have problems with the current version installed, please contact us via email helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu. 

WWH Matlab Seminar

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Speeding Up MATLAB Applications
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Thursday, November 17

8:50 am -  10:50 am

New York University

Warren Weaver Hall, Room 102


Presenter: Brett Shoelson, Principal Application Engineer

-Agenda-

This seminar will review a few of the products included in the New York University
campus wide License of MATLAB and various Toolboxes.
Specifically, we will discuss and demonstrate simple ways to improve and optimize
your code that can boost execution speed by orders of magnitude.  We will also
address common pitfalls in writing m-code, explore the use of the MATLAB Profiler to
find bottlenecks, and briefly introduce our Parallel Computing Toolbox and
Distributed Computing Server to solve computationally and data-intensive problems on
multicore computers and clusters.

Highlights include:
*             Understand memory usage and vectorization in MATLAB
*             Address bottlenecks in your programs
*             Optimize file I/O to streamline your code
*             Transition from serial to parallel MATLAB programs

CIMS Community forum (Beta) Released

November 10, 2011

CIMS Community is a new forum for CIMS users to post and read items of interest.  It is restricted to those with a CIMS account.  We hope that it will prove a useful space for the CIMS community.  Please direct any feedback or feature requests to Helpdesk.

Euler Cluster Back Online

November 10, 2011

The Euler Cluster is back online after being upgraded to the the latest operating system.

Linux OS Upgrade: Server Downtime

November 01, 2011

Linux upgrades continue on the server front.  On Monday (11/07/2011), we expect to take the following servers offline while they are upgraded to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (RHEL6):  

  • Euler Cluster (euler01-05.cims.nyu.edu)

The hosts will be offline starting at 1:00 P.M. and expected to be offline possibly till the next day.

We urge users to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems as early as possible.  All the other general Linux compute nodes have already been upgraded.

In the event that your software doesn't run on the RHEL6 platform, we have temporarily set up some RHEL5 systems as general compute servers (but let us know so we can help migrate it to RHEL6):

  • stratus-1-11.cims.nyu.edu
  • stratus-2-11.cims.nyu.edu
  • stratus-3-11.cims.nyu.edu
  • stratus-4-11.cims.nyu.edu
  • stratus-5-11.cims.nyu.edu


The upgrades are part of a four phase process that started several weeks ago.  The current state of each phase is listed below:

  • Phase 1 [COMPLETE] - Partial lab roll out and new servers
  • Phase 2 [COMPLETE] - Remainder lab roll out and unattended desktops
  • Phase 3 [COMPLETE] - Remainder desktop machines
  • Phase 4 [INPROCESS] - Compute servers

 

See our compute servers page for a list of all available compute servers.

Please contact helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu with any questions.

Software Updates: System Reboots

Security and software updates are being pushed out to the CIMS Linux machines.  Compute nodes as well as desktop machines WILL BE REBOOTED this Thursday (November 3, 2011) (to avoid a reboot notify helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu and reschedule a time) in the wee hours of the night between 10pm and 5am to complete software updates. In an effort to try and minimize any corrupted files or lost work, please save all your data and logout of any linux systems when you leave for the night. The updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer lab located in WWH229. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The machines that have been updated are:

  • WWH229: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox16.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox26.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox33.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox34.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox41.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox45.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox46.cims.nyu.edu

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • Linux kernel (automatic REBOOT)
  • OpenSSL
  • Postgres

A full list of all software updates for linux and solaris is available on the update page.

Parallel Computing with MATLAB Webinar

MathWorks free webinar on October 14th at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

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Parallel Computing with MATLAB
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In this session, you will learn how to solve computationally and data-intensive problems using multicore processors, GPUs, and computer clusters. We will introduce you to high-level programming constructs that allow you to parallelize MATLAB applications without CUDA or MPI programming and run them on multiple processors. We will show you how to overcome the memory limits of your desktop computer and solve problems that require manipulating very large matrices by distributing your data. We will also illustrate how you can run the same application on a single machine using the Parallel Computing Toolbox and on a large scale computing resource such as a cluster, using the MATLAB Distributed Computing Server.

This session will cover:

  • - Toolboxes with built-in support for parallel computing
  • - Creating parallel applications to speed up independent tasks
  • - Programming with distributed arrays to work with large data sets
  • - Scaling up to computer clusters, grid environments or clouds

Register for this webinar.

Crunchy4 Back Online

October 11, 2011

Crunchy4.cims.nyu.edu is back online after a hardware problem.

You can get a full list of available systems from the Compute Grid Status page.

Crunchy3 and crunchy4 update

October 10, 2011

Crunchy3.cims.nyu.edu is back online after a reconfiguration/reinstall.  Crunchy4.cims.nyu.edu is down due to a hardware problem.  We hope to have it back online as soon as possible.

You can get a full list of available systems from the Compute Grid Status page.

Crunchy3 Down For Upgrade

Crunchy3.cims.nyu.edu is currently down due to reconfiguration/reinstall.  You can get a full list of available systems from the Compute Grid Status page.

Feel free to use any of the available systems.

New: Compute Grid Status Page

CIMS compute server users can now check real time server status such as CPU, load, memory, disk, and network usage from our webpage.  Before running compute jobs, login and check each grid's status to see where best to run your jobs.  Links are provided on the compute servers webpage.

System Outage

Server Problems, September 28, 2011

Early this morning we have been experiencing problems with communication to one of our primary servers. Services are being restored, though we continue to see residual problems. We will continue working through the problems until things are back to normal. Thanks for your patience.

Dropbox Now Available

With the switch to RHEL6 our Linux computers are now compatible with Dropbox and due to high demand it is now available on all our Linux Desktops.  Simply run 'dropbox' from a command line interface.

Linux OS Upgrade: Server Downtime

Linux upgrades continue on the server front.  On Thursday (9/15/2011), we expect to take the following servers offline while they are upgraded to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (RHEL6):

  •   Energons (energon[1-4].cims.nyu.edu)
  •   crunchy3.cims.nyu.edu
  •   mauler.cims.nyu.edu
  •   brawler.cims.nyu.edu

Upgrades are expect to last the majority of the afternoon into the evening starting at 3:00 P.M.

 

We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems as early as possible.  The following hosts have already been upgraded to RHEL6 and are available as compute nodes:

  • crunchy4.cims.nyu.edu
  • opencl1.cims.nyu.edu
  • opencl2.cims.nyu.edu
  • cuda1.cims.nyu.edu
  • cuda2.cims.nyu.edu
  • cuda3.cims.nyu.edu
  • cuda4.cims.nyu.edu

In the event that your software doesn't run on the RHEL6 platform, we have temporarily set up some RHEL5 systems as general compute servers (but let us know so we can help migrate it to RHEL6):

  • stratus-1-11.cims.nyu.edu
  • stratus-2-11.cims.nyu.edu
  • stratus-3-11.cims.nyu.edu
  • stratus-4-11.cims.nyu.edu
  • stratus-5-11.cims.nyu.edu


The upgrades are part of a four phase process that started several weeks ago.  The current state of each phase is listed below:

  • Phase 1 [COMPLETE] - Partial lab roll out and new servers
  • Phase 2 [COMPLETE] - Remainder lab roll out and unattended desktops
  • Phase 3 [INPROCESS] - Remainder desktop machines
  • Phase 4 [INPROCESS] - Compute servers

 

See our compute servers page for a list of all available compute servers.

Please contact helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu with any questions.

Software Updates: System Reboots

Security and software updates are being pushed out to the CIMS Linux machines.  Compute nodes as well as desktop machines WILL BE REBOOTED this Thursday (September 15th, 2011) (to avoid a reboot notify helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu and reschedule a time) in the wee hours of the night between 10pm and 5am to complete software updates. In an effort to try and minimize any corrupted files or lost work, please save all your data and logout of any linux systems when you leave for the night. The updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer lab located in WWH229. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The machines that have been updated are:

  • WWH229: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox16.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox26.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox33.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox34.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox41.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox45.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox46.cims.nyu.edu

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • Linux kernel (automatic REBOOT)
  • R
    boost

A full list of all software updates for linux and solaris is available on the update page.

Crunchy3 Back Online

Crunchy3.cims.nyu.edu is back online.

Crunchy3 Hardware Problem

Crunchy3.cims.nyu.edu is temporarily offline due to a hardware problem.  We'll notify you when it is back online.

Crunchy4 Back Online

The compute server crunchy4.cims.nyu.edu which has been offline due to a hardware problem is back online again.  See our computer server page for a list of other available servers.

OpenCL Upgrades

The OpenCL/AMD_APP machines will be offline for most of the day today as they are upgraded from RHEL5 to RHEL6.

Software Security Updates

Security and software updates are being pushed out to the CIMS Linux machines.  Compute nodes as well as desktop machines WILL BE REBOOTED on Thursday (August 11th, 2011) (to avoid a reboot notify helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu and reschedule a time) in the wee hours of the night between 10pm and 5am to complete software updates. In an effort to try and minimize any corrupted files or lost work, please save all your data and logout of any linux systems when you leave for the night.

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • Linux kernel (automatic REBOOT)
  • Firefox

Software Updates

On Thursday (06/30/2011) the CIMS Linux/Solaris machines (desktop as well as compute nodes) will have software updates applied during the evening.

The machines will NOT be rebooted as part of the process. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The majority of the updates have already been made on several Linux machines in the computer labs.

The machines that have already been updated are:

  • WWH230: pubbox40.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH230: pubbox42.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH230: pubbox43.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH230: pubbox44.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH230: pubbox47.cims.nyu.edu

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • Firefox
  • CUDA
  • Eclipse 
  • Kernel (no automatic reboots)

A full list of all software updates for Linux and Solaris is available on the software updates page.

Linux OS Upgrade

Over the rest of the summer CIMS systems group will be upgrading all of our Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems from version 5.x to 6.x.  We will not need physical access to your machine unless something goes awry.  All upgrades will be done remotely.  In addition all your data in your /home, /data, /scratch(*) directories in addtion to cronjobs will remain unmodified.

 * - Scratch data will be relocated off the local machine.  You will receive and email with the contents new location if you have any scratch data stored.
  
The upgrades will be a four phase process starting this week.  Each phase is expected to last about a week or two.  The phases will be:
  Phase 1: Partial lab roll out and new servers
  Phase 2: Remainder lab roll out and unattended desktops
  Phase 3: Remainder desktop machines
  Phase 4: Compute servers
  
We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems as early as possible.  The first system you can start testing your software on is crunchy4.cims.nyu.edu.  Please contact helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu with any questions.

New OpenCL/AMD-APP GPU Compute Servers

In addition our already existing CUDA GPU offerings, we are happy to announce two new GPU compute servers which are running AMD cards that support OpenCL and the AMD APP (Accelerated Parallel Processing) SDK.  The following machines are now available for general GPU computing:
  opencl1.cims.nyu.edu
  opencl2.cims.nyu.edu
  
For information on see our page on OpenCL/AMD-APP GPU.

New -Big Memory- Compute Node

Adding a new compute node to our general purpose compute nodes.
 
crunchy4.cims.nyu.edu:
  128GB Memory
  Quad 8-Core 2.2GHz AMD Opteron (32 cores total)

Energon/CUDA GPU Downtime

The general CUDA GPU systems (energon3 and energon4) will be offline briefly in the evening on Thursday Jun 30th as the CUDA GPUs are re-assigned to new compute nodes running RHEL6 (see 'Linux OS Upgrade'). We expect downtime for these systems to last roughly one hour and is scheduled to start at 6pm.  After such time you will need to run your CUDA software on the new CUDA enabled machines:
  cuda1.cims.nyu.edu 
  cuda2.cims.nyu.edu
  cuda3.cims.nyu.edu
  cuda4.cims.nyu.edu

This change, although providing fewer GPU cores/server, will double the bus speed (8x -> 16x) between the CPUs and GPUs.  Providing an over all speed increase.

For information on our CUDA GPU systems.

Software Updates

April 21, 2011

Security and software updates are being pushed out to the CIMS Linux machines.  Compute nodes as well as desktop machines WILL BE REBOOTED next Thursday (April 28th, 2011) (to avoid a reboot notify helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu and reschedule a time) in the wee hours of the night between 10pm and 5am to complete software updates. In an effort to try and minimize any corrupted files or lost work, please save all your data and logout of any linux systems when you leave for the night. The updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer lab located in WWH229. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The machines that have been updated are:

  • WWH229: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox16.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox26.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox33.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox34.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox41.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox45.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox46.cims.nyu.edu

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • Linux kernel (automatic REBOOT)
  • Firefox
    Thunderbird
    GLibC

A full list of all software updates for linux and solaris is available on the update page.

Fileserver Crash

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

This afternoon, between 2 and 3 pm, services were disrupted when one of our primary user fileservers crashed and rebooted. Some residual problems followed, including delays in mail delivery and communication problems on access2.cims.nyu.edu, which necessitated a reboot of that system.

Laptop Data Backups

The CIMS Systems Group is happy to announce the testing phase of a new laptop data backup system available to eligible CIMS affiliates (professors/researchers/etc.).  If you have critical data stored on your CIMS laptop and need an easy way to backup that data feel free to put in a request for CIMS laptop backup access and we'll email you with details.

Software Updates

On Tuesday (01/18/2011) the CIMS Linux desktop machines will have software updates applied during the evening.

The machines WILL BE REBOOTED as part of the process. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The majority of the updates have already been made on several Linux machines in the computer labs.

The machines that have already been updated are:

  • WWH229: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox16.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox26.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox33.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox34.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox41.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox45.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox46.cims.nyu.edu

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • Kernel (automatic reboot)
    Firefox
    gcc
    openssl/openssh
  • xemacs
    tetex
  • python
    xorg

A full list of all software updates for Linux and Solaris is available on the software updates page.

Power Outage and System Updates

Friday, January 21,  2011

On Friday, January 21, 2011,  beginning around 9 pm,  there will be a planned Cogen transfer related power outage that will disrupt CIMS computing services, including mail,  Courant and departmental webservers, access to home and data directories, and remote access to systems for 2-3 hours, during which time we will also perform regular updates to file and compute servers.  Please plan accordingly.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

On Tuesday, January 18, 2011,  beginning around 11 pm,  CIMS linux desktop machines will be updated and rebooted. Please save all work prior to the updates.

Software Updates

October 27, 2010

Security and software updates are being pushed out to the CIMS Linux machines (desktop as well as compute nodes).  Many of the security updates have been already applied, but the machines will need to be rebooted for it to take effect.  Compute nodes as well as desktop machines (to avoid a reboot on Thursday either notify helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu or reboot your desktop yourself sometime between Monday and Thursday) WILL BE REBOOTED in the wee hours of the night between 10pm and 5am to complete software updates. In an effort to try and minimize any corrupted files or lost work, please save all your data and logout of any linux systems when you leave for the night. The updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer lab located in WWH229. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The machines that have been updated are:

  • WWH229: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox16.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox26.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox33.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox34.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox41.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox45.cims.nyu.edu
    WWH229: pubbox46.cims.nyu.edu

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • linux kernel (automatic REBOOT)
  • Matlab (test by runing 'matlab-next')
    Intel Compiler (test using the software in /opt/intel/compiler/next)
  • Enthought Python Distribution (test using the software in /usr/local/pkg/epd/next)

A full list of all software updates for linux and solaris is available on the update page.

System Outages

October 13, 2010

We are currently experiencing service disruptions due to communication problems between servers.  We hope to have everything back to normal by around 5:30PM.

Linux System Reboots

A Linux security update will be applied to all the Linux computers
(compute Servers as well as desktops) on Sunday night (October 3rd).
  
The Linux computers *WILL BE REBOOTED* as part of the process.  Downtime
for compute servers is expected to be from 11pm-1am.  Rolling desktop
reboots are expected to occur between the hours of 1am and 5am.
 
For further information or questions, please send an email to
helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu.

Maple Upgrade

CIMS and ITS have upgraded the Maple software package to version 14.  Previous versions of Maple software are incompatible with the new version and will be unable to check out a license from the network license server.  If you manage an install of Maple that utilizes the network license you will need to upgrade your software to Maple-14, please follow the instructions in the README file available from the software download pages.

Software Updates

This coming Tuesday night (08/31/2010) the CIMS Linux machines (desktop as well as compute nodes) WILL BE REBOOTED in the wee hours of the night between 10pm and 5am to complete software updates. In an effort to try and minimize any corrupted files or lost work, please save all your data and logout of any linux systems when you leave for the night. The updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer lab located in WWH229. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The machines that have been updated are:

  • WWH229: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox26.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox34.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox45.cims.nyu.edu

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • linux kernel (automatic REBOOT)
  • Intel Compiler (test using the software in /opt/intel/compiler/next)
  • Enthought Python Distribution (test using the software in /usr/local/pkg/epd/next)
    Adobe Reader/Flash
    Firefox
    Tecplot

A full list of all software updates for linux and solaris is available on the update page.

File Server Outage

We are experiencing a file server outage, affecting most users at CIMS.  Systems Group is working on the problem and expects services to be restored in about an hour (4:30PM EST).

Windows Virtual Machine Lab

June 09, 2010

CIMS is proud to announce the Windows Virtual Machine Lab which allows our Linux desktop users to run Windows on Linux.  This service provides a way for Linux desktop users to access software that requires Windows specific functionality.  Get more information from the Windows Virtual Machine Lab.

Software Updates

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

On Thursday (06/03/2010) the CIMS Linux/Solaris machines (desktop as well as compute nodes) will have software updates applied during the evening.

The machines will NOT be rebooted as part of the process. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The majority of the updates have already been made on several Linux machines in the computer labs.

The machines that have already been updated are:

  • WWH229: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox16.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox26.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox33.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox34.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox41.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox45.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox46.cims.nyu.edu

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • Firefox
  • CUDA
  • Eclipse 
  • Kernel (no automatic reboots)

A full list of all software updates for Linux and Solaris is available on the software updates page.

Transient Service Outage

April 21, 2010

On Thursday, April 22nd starting at 11pm, several servers will be moved to a different network resulting in temporary service outage.  The outage is expected to last less approximately 15 minutes.

Computer systems affected include:

  • Network licensed software disruption for tecplot/mathematica/intel compiler/etc.
  • All printing services that go through printserver.cims.nyu.edu
  • vm-node-01.cims.nyu.edu
  • vm-node-02.cims.nyu.edu

No special precautions are necessary as we expect all services to resume operating as usual after the outage.

Server Outage

April 08, 2010

Two critical service disruption announcements for next week:

Critical: On Wednesday, April 14th starting at 11pm, the following servers will be moved to a different network resulting in temporary service outage.  The outage is expected to last less than 15 minutes.

Computers affected:



Critical: On Thursday, April 15th starting at 11pm, the following servers will be moved to a different network resulting in temporary service outage.  The outage is expected to last less than 15 minutes.

Computers affected:

  • energon1.cims.nyu.edu
  • energon2.cims.nyu.edu
  • energon3.cims.nyu.edu
  • energon4.cims.nyu.edu

Software Updates

Monday, March 29, 2010

On Thursday (04/01/2010) the CIMS Linux/Solaris machines (desktop as well as compute nodes) will have software updates applied during the day and evening.

The machines will NOT be rebooted as part of the process. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The majority of the updates have already been made on several Linux machines in the computer labs.

The machines that have already been updated are:

  • WWH229: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox16.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox26.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox33.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox34.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox41.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox45.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox46.cims.nyu.edu

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • Matlab
  • Firefox
  • Thunderbird
  • Kernel (no automatic reboots)

A full list of all software updates for Linux and Solaris is available on the software updates page.

Matlab Seminars On-Campus (Free)

Mathworks is hosting free on-campus seminars (for NYU affiliates) on using Matlab. See details below.

Day 1: Monday, March 29, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Kimmel Center, Room 802 Shorin Performance Studio
Subject: Technical Computing with MATLAB and Parallel Computing

Day 2: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Kimmel Center, Room 900 Series
Subject: Financial Modeling, Analysis, and Parallel Computing with MATLAB

Find more information and register for this seminar at
http://click.em.mathworks.com/?qs=58f60ebb76b7ef74dc93db551739ba9bb68aff8c89813956f6eed5d03f6993bb12dc0d8934e921b1

Service Disruptions

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Late this morning and early afternoon, access to services, particularly mail and Windows sessions, were disrupted due to apparent network saturation caused by a number of user processes using a specific software package.  We've identified the source and taken action to prevent a similar event in the future. However, we will also address the matter with ITS to determine whether there is something that can be done at the network level to prevent these types of events from occurring.

Software Updates

March 01, 2010

On Thursday (03/04/2010) the CIMS Linux/Solaris machines (desktop as well as compute nodes) will have software updates applied during the day and evening.

The machines will NOT be rebooted as part of the process. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The majority of the updates have already been made on several Linux machines in the computer labs.

The machines that have already been updated are:

  • WWH229: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox16.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox26.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox33.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox34.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox41.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox45.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox46.cims.nyu.edu

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • MySQL
  • Firefox
  • Adobe Reader

A full list of all software updates for Linux and Solaris is available on the software updates page.

Problems with mail server

Sunday, February 28, 2010

The mail/imap server crashed this morning due to problems with one of its CPU modules. The system has been restored to service. The module is scheduled for replacement tomorrow, which will involve a brief outage. We will post a follow up regarding a specific time. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Service Distruptions

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

This afternoon, between around 3:30 and 4:30 pm, we experienced an assortment  of service disruptions, most notably with mail, due to communication problems between servers. We suspect the events may have been triggered by a problem with the network device through which the primary CIMS servers connect to NYU-Net  and to each other, and have asked NYU-ITS to investigate. Systems and services were stabilized within an hour or so.

Software Security Updates

January 29, 2010

On Monday (02/01/2010) the CIMS Linux machines (desktop, compute nodes, and remote access servers) will have software updates applied during the day and evening.

The Linux machines will be rebooted as part of the process late that night.  To avoid loss of data, please logout of any Linux systems for the night.  We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The the updates have already been made on several Linux machines in the computer labs.

This is short notice and ahead of our scheduled updates due to heightened security risks.  If you are running long/critical jobs on compute/desktop computers that can't be disrupted please email helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu to discuss options for a possible postponement.

The machines that have already been updated are:

  • WWH229: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox16.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox26.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox33.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox34.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox41.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox45.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox46.cims.nyu.edu

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • Linux Kernel (automatic REBOOT)
  • gcc
  • libstdc++
  • libgfortran
  • libgcc
  • firefox

A full list of all software updates for Linux and Solaris is available on the software updates page.

Software Updates

January 11, 2010

On Thursday (01/14/2010) the CIMS Linux/Solaris machines (desktop as well as compute nodes) will have software updates applied during the day and evening.

The machines will NOT be rebooted as part of the process. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The majority of the updates have already been made on several Linux machines in the computer labs.

The machines that have already been updated are:

  • WWH229: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox16.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox26.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox33.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox34.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox41.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox45.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox46.cims.nyu.edu

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • Firefox
  • MySQL
  • Cups
  • Samba
  • glibc
  • boost

A full list of all software updates for Linux and Solaris is available on the software updates page.

Subversive Subversion Update

December 03, 2009

Due to security updates, the subversion related utilities on subversive.cims.nyu.edu have been updated.  If you experience any problems with the updates, please email us at helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu.

Matlab License Server Down

December 1, 2009

As of 11:50 a.m.,  the license server for Matlab and a number of less critical packages is down. The server is managed by NYU-ITS (not CIMS) and ITS personnel  are working on it and hope to have it restored to service shortly. If that doesn't happen, we'll update this page as we get more information.

Software Updates

November 09, 2009

On Thursday (11/12/09) the CIMS Linux/Solaris machines (desktop as well as compute nodes) will have software updates applied during the day and evening.

The machines will NOT be rebooted as part of the process. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The majority of the updates have already been made on several Linux machines in the computer labs.

The machines that have already been updated are:

  • WWH229: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox16.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox26.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox33.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox34.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox41.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox45.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox46.cims.nyu.edu

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • CUDA (use '/usr/local/pkg/cuda/next' for testing)
  • Matlab (run 'matlab-next' for testing)
  • Firefox
  • Thunderbird
  • Evolution
  • gcc/perl/python/ruby

A full list of all software updates for Linux and Solaris is available on the software updates page.

Server Problems

November 5, 2009

As many users noticed, we experienced disruptions yesterday afternoon with access to home directories from CIMS systems. While we were able to more or less stabilize the file server, residual problems continued throughout the afternoon and into the evening, growing progressively worse.

We suspect communications problems between two servers may have been the source of the disruptions. Ultimately we've been forced to reboot the two servers late tonight after one of the servers hung, leading to outages of departmental webservers, and disruptions in access to mail, software, and home directories.

We hope to have systems back to full functionality between 2 and 3 am. We apologize for the inconvenience.

 

 

Software Security Updates

Tonight the CIMS Linux machines (desktop as well as compute nodes) will have software security updates applied in the evening.

The Linux machines will be rebooted as part of the process late tonight.  To avoid loss of data, please logout of any Linux systems for the night.  We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The the updates have already been made on several Linux machines in the computer labs.

The machines that have already been updated are:

  • WWH229: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox16.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox26.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox33.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox34.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox41.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox45.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox46.cims.nyu.edu

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • Linux Kernel (automatic REBOOT)

A full list of all software updates for Linux and Solaris is available on the software updates page.  Email helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu for any questions in regards to these updates.

NAG Talk

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Rick Guido from Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) will be at Courant to talk about NAG and its Matlab Toolbox. The talk will be from 2-3:20 pm in room 317 of WWH. Everybody is welcome. For more information on NAG, please go to http://www.nag.com.

Mathematica Talk

Monday, October 12, 2009

Kelvin Mischo of Wolfram Research will give a seminar on the use of Mathematica in room 317 of WWH from 4-5 pm on Monday, October 12, 2009.This seminar will be given 100% in Mathematica and will show  useful teaching and research examples for mathematics, the physical sciences, engineering, and business/economics. Ideas for creating universal examples in Mathematica that can be used by colleagues or students with no prior Mathematica experience will  be a central theme. The content will help attendees with no prior experience get  started with the Mathematica language and workflow. Since there is a large amount of new functionality in Version 7, most intermediate and advanced users who attend these talks report learning quite a bit as well. All attendees will receive an electronic copy of the examples, which can be adapted to individual projects.

Software Updates

October 07, 2009

Software security updates for Mozilla's Firefox web browser, Adobe Reader, OpenSSH, and a few other minor packages are being applied to CIMS Linux machines immediately.  If you have any problems with the new version, please email helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu.

Software Security Updates

September 03, 2009

Tonight the CIMS Linux machines (desktop as well as compute nodes) will have software security updates applied in the evening.

The Linux machines will be rebooted as part of the process late tonight.  To avoid loss of data, please logout of any Linux systems for the night.  We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The the updates have already been made on several Linux machines in the computer labs.

The machines that have already been updated are:

  • WWH229: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox16.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox26.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox33.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox34.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox41.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox45.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox46.cims.nyu.edu

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • Linux Kernel (automatic REBOOT)

A full list of all software updates for Linux and Solaris is available on the software updates page.  Email helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu for any questions in regards to these updates.

Network Outage

September 03, 2009

The remote access servers will be offline briefly for network changes tomorrow (Sep. 4th) starting at 11:00a.m.  We expect the outage to last approximately 15 minutes.

Server Updates

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

In preparation for the new academic year, on Tuesday, September 1st, from around 10 pm until after midnight, the systems group will be performing numerous updates involving our primary servers. This will include a hardware upgrade of our primary home directory fileserver, and patches and reboots of various servers, including access.cims.nyu.edu, imap.cims.nyu.edu and the departmental web servers.

Due to the hardware upgrade, home directories will be anavailable for at least an hour, and mail delivery will be delayed while the server is down.

In addition to this work, NYU-ITS will perform routine maintenance on  the nework switches that serve CIMS, both in WWH and 715/19 Broadway, which will cause network disruptions that could last up to several minutes as equipment is rebooted.

 

Euler Cluster Upgraded

August 20, 2009

The Euler cluster was replaced with more modern compute nodes and more
resources dedicated to them.  For information regarding this cluster please see the Euler Cluster page.

Remote Graphical Application Access

August 20, 2009

We've added access to graphical applications that need to be run on Courant systems remotely.  Access is granted using  ssh for graphical applications. For more information see our page on remote access servers.

Software Security Updates

August 20, 2009

Tonight the CIMS Linux machines (desktop as well as compute nodes) will have software security updates applied in the evening.

The Linux machines will be rebooted as part of the process late tonight.  To avoid loss of data, please logout of any Linux systems for the night.  We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The the updates have already been made on several Linux machines in the computer labs.

The machines that have already been updated are:

  • WWH229: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox16.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox26.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox33.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox34.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox41.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox45.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox46.cims.nyu.edu

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • Linux Kernel (automatic REBOOT)
  • firefox
  • subversion
  • python

A full list of all software updates for Linux and Solaris is available on the software updates page.  Email helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu for any questions in regards to these updates.

System Outages

July 30, 2009

Linserv2.cims.nyu.edu had to be restarted due to a hardware failure this morning.  If you run services on this host, you may need to restart those services.

Several "Crunchy" systems are currently offline.  Crunchy1 is temporarily offline while we do system maintenance (we plan to bring it back online as soon as possible).  Crunchy4 and crunchy5 have been retired.  Crunchy3 is pending retirement in the near future.

Sorry for any inconvenience.  Please contact helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu with any questions in regards to these service disruptions.

Adobe Reader Update

July 22, 2009

Due to continued critical bugs related to the current version of Adobe Reader installed.  We're updating the Linux machines to use a different version.  Browsers may need to be restarted to get the latest plug-in related updates.  If you have any problems with the new version, please email helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu.

File Server Update

July 16, 2009

The emergency server maintenance had to be moved up to earlier this evening due to deterioration of the file server. All services are now back to normal.

Emergency NFS server maintenance

July 15, 2009

Due to a NFSv4 issue with our main NFS server (nfs4.cims), some services (such as mail) were unavailable earlier this afternoon. While these services have come back online since, we will need to perform an emergency reboot of the NFS server tonight.  Remote login and IMAP services will be unavailable between midnight and 2am.  We apologize for the short notice and the inconvenience. Should you have questions regarding this outage, please contact helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu.

Software Updates

On Thursday (07/09/09) the CIMS Linux/Solaris machines (desktop as well as compute nodes) will have software updates applied during the day and evening.

The machines will NOT be rebooted as part of the process. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The majority of the updates have already been made on several Linux machines in the computer labs.

The machines that have already been updated are:

  • WWH229: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox16.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox26.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox33.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox34.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox41.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox45.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox46.cims.nyu.edu

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • Removal of numerous older packages (see full list below for details)
  • Adobe Reader
  • Firefox
  • Thunderbird

A full list of all software updates for Linux and Solaris is available on the software updates page.

New Database Service

June 09, 2009

The CIMS systems group has launched a new database service for Courant users,  making it easier to set up wikis, blogs, and other database-driven websites.  Full usage documentation is available online.

CUDA Update

June 05, 2009

CUDA Toolkit and SDK have been updated to 2.1 (from 2.0).  The PATH to this software has also changed.  Please see the updated instructions on the GPU/CUDA Computing Instructions.

Matlab Update Delayed Until Sunday

June 02, 2009

The Matlab software update originally schedule for this Thursday will be delayed until Sunday night.  The remaining updates are scheduled to occur on schedule, including system reboots of Linux Compute Nodes and Linux desktop computers.

For complete update information please see the critical announcement.

 

Software Update (Security)

May 29, 2009

A software security update for Mozilla's Firefox web browser, Adobe Reader, Cups and some more minor updates are being applied immediately.  See the Software Updates for details.

Software Updates

May 29, 2009

On Thursday (06/04/09) the CIMS Linux/Solaris machines (desktop as well as compute nodes) will have software updates applied during the day and evening.

The Linux machines will be rebooted as part of the process late that night.  To avoid loss of data, please logout of any Linux systems for the night.  We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The the updates have already been made on several Linux machines in the computer labs.

The machines that have already been updated are:

  • WWH229: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox16.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox26.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox33.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox34.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox41.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox45.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox46.cims.nyu.edu

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • Matlab (test from any Linux machine by running 'matlab-next')
  • Maple (test from any Linux machine by running 'xmaple-next')
  • CUDA (test package available in /usr/local/pkg/cuda/next)
  • Linux Kernel (automatic REBOOT)

A full list of all software updates for Linux and Solaris is available on the software updates page.

File Server Outage

May 13, 2009

Around 2 pm, the primary file server for CIMS home directories experienced a severe load spike and had to be rebooted. We are still investigating the cause of the problem. Due to at least one bug in the file sharing software, restoring the system and all home directories to full service was a slow process, and because of the residual client-side affects, things were not fully stabilized until around 6 pm. During this time most CIMS computing services, including mail delivery and the web servers were disrupted.

We are investigating what caused the problem and improving  the  reboot process to reduce the amount of time it takes to restore all services in the event of a similar outage in the futture. We are also planning changes over the summer that will make other critical services, like mail and the webservers less dependent on home directories.

Should there be a recurrance, please check this page for information, or call systems support at (212) 998-3037.

Software Security Updates

As usual when nearing the end of the semester, we are skipping the standard software updates for this month to limit the number of possible snafus.  We are applying a few security related patches which affect the following software packages:

  • Linux kernel (systems will NOT be rebooted)
  • seamonkey
  • firefox
  • cups
  • php
  • gstreamer
  • ghostscript
  • krb5
  • device-mapper
  • udev
  • giflib
  • kdegraphics

Mozilla Seamonkey Update

April 10, 2009

A software update for Mozilla's Seamonkey Web Suite is being applied immediately for a bugfix and security update.

Server Maintenance

April 07, 2009

On Wednesday night, April 8th, 2009, serveral servers will be inaccessible for a short period of time due to system maintenance.  The license server for Mathematica, the Intel Compilers, and the Magma compute nodes will be down, as well as the Content Management System (CMS) for the CIMS/CS/Math websites.  The services will most likely be restored within 15 minutes and the work is expected to be completed from 9 to 10pm.

Desktop machines in offices and labs should be unaffected unless they are utilizing the CIMS websites or one of the software packages mentioned during the maintenance period.

Software Update (Security)

April 06, 2009

A software security update for Mozilla's Firefox web browser is being applied immediately.

Software Updates

March 30, 2009

On Thursday (04/02/09) the CIMS Linux/Solaris machines (desktop as well as compute nodes) will have software updates applied during the day and evening.

The machines will NOT be rebooted as part of the process. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The majority of the updates have already been made on several Linux machines in the computer labs.

The machines that have already been updated are:

  • WWH229: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox16.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox26.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox33.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox34.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox41.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox45.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox46.cims.nyu.edu

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • Mathematica (test by running 'mathematica-test')
  • Sage (test by running 'sage-test')
  • Seamonkey (test by running 'seamonkey-test')
  • Java (test by using java from /opt/pkg/java/test/)
  • Firefox
  • Thunderbird

A full list of all software updates for Linux and Solaris is available on the software updates page.

Adobe Reader Update

March 23, 2009

For security reasons, we've applied an update to the Adobe Reader program.  If you have any problems, please contact helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu.

Magma Software Available

March 16, 2009

Magma software is now available for use on courant systems.  The software is used to solve computationally hard problems in algebra, number theory, geometry and combinatorics. It provides a mathematically rigorous environment for computing with algebraic, number-theoretic, combinatoric, and geometric objects.

See our Magma Instructions for details.

Tesla/CUDA GPU Computating Servers

March 13, 2009

CIMS is pleased to announce the availability of a pair of Tesla S1070 systems that can run CUDA programs.  These systems have 4 Tesla S10 GPUs.  Each GPU has 240 streaming cores and 4GB of memory for a total of 960 processor cores and 16GB of memory.  These systems are capable of both single and double floating point precession calculations.

For more information see our CUDA GPU Computing Servers page.

File Server Outage

March 13, 2009

One of our main file servers has had a critical failure.  Affected users are currently getting their home directories from a copy on a backup server.  We are in the process of migrating those home directories permanently to another fileserver.  Your patience is appreciated.

Energon3 Maintenance

March 12, 2009

The energon3.cims.nyu.edu compute node will be offline on Friday March 13th from 1:15pm - 4:00pm in order to attach a Tesla GPU computation unit to it.

Software Updates

March 02, 2009

This Thursday (03/05/09) the CIMS Linux/Solaris machines (desktop as well as compute nodes) will have software updates applied during the day on Thursday, March 5th.

The machines will NOT be rebooted as part of the process. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The updates have already been made on several Linux machines in the computer labs.

The machines that have already been updated are:

  • WWH229: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox16.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox26.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox33.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox34.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox41.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox45.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox46.cims.nyu.edu

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • Kernel (No reboots)
  • Matlab (test by running 'matlab-test')
  • OpenOffice (test by running 'ooffice-test')
  • gcc/binutils/gdb
  • bash/perl/python
  • mesa/GL
  • OpenMPI
  • KDE

A full list of all software updates for Linux and Solaris is available on the software updates page.

Projector in WWH101 Image Degradation

March 01, 2009

The projector in WWH101 has suffered some image degradation due to recent overheating problems. The projector now seems to be stable and functional, though the image quality is not what we would like. A new projector is being ordered, and it will be replaced as soon as possible.  In the meantime, we appreciate your patience.

Announcement Feeds

February 26, 2009

The CIMS announcement pages now provide Atom feed support.  We provide three feeds that will get updates on a regular basis:

For information on what a feed is or how you can take advantage of it, iFeedReaders.com has helpful information.  For more help, send an email to helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu.

Server Patches

January 11, 2009

On Thursday, January 15, 2009, all the CIMS servers will be updated. The servers will be rebooted one at a time starting at 10:00pm. We expect the work to be done by 2:00am that night and residual affects to taper off shortly after. In addition all the Linux desktop machines and compute nodes will be rebooted as well (see the general announcements for further information regarding that update.) To minimize the risk of data loss and other potential inconveniences, we strongly urge people to log off from CIMS windows machines prior to the server shutdown and leave the computers turned on . Remote access to CIMS servers will also be affected. If you encounter any problems after the scheduled outage, please send mail to the CIMS systems helpdesk and we will respond as quickly as possible.

Software Updates

January 11, 2009

This Thursday night (01/15/09) the CIMS linux machines (desktop as well as compute nodes) WILL BE REBOOTED in the wee hours of the night between 10pm and 3am to complete software updates. In an effort to try and minimize any corrupted files or lost work, please save all your data and logout of any linux systems when you leave for the night on Thursday. The updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer lab located in WWH229. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The machines that have been updated are:

  • WWH229: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox16.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox26.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox33.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox34.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox41.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox45.cims.nyu.edu
  • WWH229: pubbox46.cims.nyu.edu

 

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • linux kernel (automatic REBOOT)
  • firefox
  • ruby
  • cups
  • evolution
  • glibc
  • openssl

A full list of all software updates for linux and solaris is available on the update page.

 

 

Software Updates

November 02, 2008

This Thursday (11/06/2008) the CIMS Linux machines (desktop as well as compute nodes) will be running software updates. The systems will NOT be rebooted as part of the process.

The updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer labs. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The machines that have been updated are:

  • WWH624: pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH624: pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH624: pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox25.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)

 

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • Linux kernel
  • totalview
  • strace
  • firefox
  • fftw3
  • hdf5
  • perl
  • numpy
  • ruby
  • xine
  • cups

Several packages have already been updated on solaris and linux machines. A full list of all software updates for linux and solaris is available on the update page.

 

 

Labs Moved/Moving

October 31, 2008

  • The new permanent labs are now open and ready for general use. They are located in Warren Weaver Hall rooms 229 and 230.
  • The temporary lab in 412 has been dismantled (please use the new permanent labs.)
  • The WWH 624 are schedule to be dismantled in the near future and Windows computers will be installed in the WWH 229 lab.

 

Summer Outages

July 10, 2008

On Thursday, July 17, 2008, the CIMS samba server and Windows domain controller will be upgraded. The current system will be shut down around 9:00 pm and the new system will be brought up, assuming the server's identity. While the hardware transition will not take more than a few minutes, we expect there to be residual problems affecting all CIMS Windows machines (those on the CIMSSAM domain), which we will address remotely immediately following the hardware switch. To minimize the risk of data loss and other potential inconveniences, we strongly urge people to log off from CIMS windows machines prior to the server shutdown and leave the computers turned on . Remote access to CIMS home and shared directories using samba (ie, mapping files to home machines and systems not managed by the CIMS systems group) will also be affected. If you encounter any problems, please send mail to the CIMS systems helpdesk and we will respond as quickly as possible.

On Saturday, July 19, 2008, ITS will replace the network switch that provides connectivity to floors 10, 11, 12 and 13, of Warren Weaver Hall. The current switch will be shut down around 9 am. Installing its replacement and reconnecting all the cables providing services to the offices and wireless access points will take several hours, so we are advising people that the outage will last from 9 am to 5 pm, during which time, network connectivity to offices and the NYU wireless network on those floors will be unavailable. Once the work is completed, network access for office computers should be restored without intervention. However, if you encounter problems with office connectivity after the work is completed (ie, after 5 pm), you can try rebooting your desktop computer. Otherwise, send mail to the CIMS helpdesk if you encounter any problems. Remote access to computing and network services and access from other floors in Warren Weaver Hall and the Broadway block will not be affected.

On Saturday, July 26, 2008, ITS will replace the network switch that provides connectivity to floors 7, 8, and 9, of Warren Weaver Hall, disrupting network connectivity to those floors from 9 am to 5 pm, as described above regarding the higher floors.

On Saturday, August 2nd, 2008, ITS will replace the network switch that currently provides connectivity to the 6th floor of Warren Weaver Hall, causing an outage, from 9 am onward, similar to those described above. Since there are fewer connections to be restored, the outage should not last as long. However, the disruption will likely last well into the afternoon, so please plan accordingly.

Software Updates

July 03, 2008

Next Thursday night (7/10/08) the CIMS linux machines (desktop as well as compute nodes) WILL BE REBOOTED in the wee hours of the night between 11pm and 3am to complete software updates. In an effort to try and minimize any corrupted files or lost work, please save all your data and logout of any linux systems when you leave for the night on Thursday. The updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer labs. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates occur. The machines that have been updated are:

  • WWH624: pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH624: pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH624: pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox25.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)

 

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • linux kernel (automatic REBOOT)
  • firefox
  • xorg
  • cups
  • evolution
  • perl

Several packages have already been updated on solaris and linux machines. A full list of all software updates for linux and solaris is available on the update page.

 

 

Samba Update

June 02, 2008

On Thursday (6/5/08), between 10pm and 11pm, we will be applying a security update to the Samba server. There will be a temporary outage for SMB/CIFS services during that time.

Compute Server Downtime/Software Updates/Labs Moving

May 30, 2008

Compute Node Downtime

The following compute nodes will be taken offline (starting at approximately 6pm on 06/05/2008) and reinstalled for performance optimizations:

  • energon1.cims.nyu.edu
  • energon2.cims.nyu.edu
  • energon3.cims.nyu.edu
  • energon4.cims.nyu.edu

 

The following compute nodes will be taken offline (starting at approximately 7pm on 06/05/2008) and upgraded from RHEL4 to RHEL5. Anyone still relying on these systems for RHEL4 compatibility should contact us (helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu) immediately.

  • int1.cims.nyu.edu
  • int2.cims.nyu.edu
  • int3.cims.nyu.edu
  • int4.cims.nyu.edu

 

Software Updates

The CIMS linux machines (desktop as well as compute nodes) will be remotely upgraded from RHEL 5.1 to RHEL 5.2 during the day on Thursday (06/06/2008). This includes a kernel change which will require the machines to be rebooted. The machines WILL BE REBOOTED in the wee hours of the night between 11pm and 3am to complete the upgrade. The updates have already been made on several linux machines. The linux computers in WWH624 are available for testing the updates. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems before the updates are done. The test machines are:

  • WWH624: pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu (i686)
  • WWH624: pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu (i686)
  • WWH624: pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)


Some significant linux updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • Linux Kernel (Automatic REBOOT)
  • Samba
  • bash
  • binutils
  • cairo
  • cups
  • emacs
  • evolution
  • gcc
  • glibc
  • inkscape
  • kdebase/libs/graphics
  • libstdc++
  • metacity
  • mysql
  • openssh
  • xorg-x11-server/drivers

 

Several packages have already been updated on solaris and linux machines. A full list of all software updates for linux and solaris is available on the update page.
Note: Solaris machines will not be rebooted.

 

Labs Moving

Lab machines from the WWH 5th floor (502 and 512) will be moving to the 4th floor this week due to the coming construction on the 5th floor.

Software Updates

April 25, 2008

Next Thursday night (05/01/2008), we will be running software updates on all linux and solaris machines. The systems will NOT be rebooted as part of the process. The updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer labs. The linux computers in WWH502 (i386 machines) and WWH624 (x86_64 machines) are available for testing. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems. The machines are:

  • WWH502: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH624: pubbox4.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox18.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)

 

Some significant software updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • Matlab (test it @ /opt/pkg/matlab/R2008a/bin/matlab)
  • OpenOffice.org (test it @ /opt/pkt/openoffice/2.4/program/soffice)
  • Linux Kernel (activated on next reboot after updates)
  • Firefox

Several packages have already been updated on solaris and linux machines. A full list of all software updates for linux and solaris is available on the update page.

 

Software Updates

April 02, 2008

Next Thursday night (04/10/2008), we will be running software updates on all linux machines. The systems will NOT be rebooted as part of the process. The updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer labs. The linux computers in WWH502 (i386 machines) and WWH624 (x86_64 machines) are available for testing. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems. The machines are:

  • WWH502: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH624: pubbox4.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox18.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)

 

Some significant linux updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • kernel (activated on next reboot after updates)
  • evolution (security patch already applied)
  • firefox (security patch already applied)
  • java
  • pine
  • cups
  • gdb/ddd
  • git
  • octave
  • sigc++

Several packages have already been updated on solaris and linux machines. A full list of all software updates for linux and solaris is available on the update page.

 

There are also two new lab machines which are being tested to replace the majority of the remaining solaris and linux lab computers. If you experience any problems with these machines please let us know. These machines are:

  • WWH512: pubbox24.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox25.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)

 

Server Outage

March 16, 2008

On Friday, March 21, 2008, electrical work being done in the CIMS server room will require shutting down a number of computing resources for approximately 60-90 minutes, beginning around 8 am. We have arranged for alternative power sources to be temporarily installed to minimize the disruption to file, mail and web access. However, some or all of the systems providing these critical services will need to be rebooted at the beginning of the process. Thus access.cims.nyu.edu, smtp.cims.nyu.edu, smtp.cs.nyu.edu, imap.cims.nyu.edu, the samba server (which serves the CIMSSAM Windows domain), and the CIMS, CS, and Math webservers will be unavailable for 5-15 minutes around 8am. At the end of the work, access.cims.nyu.edu and the smtp servers will be rebooted again, a process that should take just a few minutes.

 

Desktop machines in offices and labs should be unaffected.

The following general access and private computing servers will be down for the entire time the electrical work is being done (approximately 8 am to 9:30 am):

  • crunchy1,crunchy2,crunchy3,crunchy4,crunchy5,crunchy6
  • linserv1,linserv2,linserv3,mauler,brawler,subversive
  • energon1,energon2,energon3,energon4
  • int1,int2,int3,int4
  • the euler cluster
  • mfdd8,mfdd7,visual,s1
  • the pyramid cluster, sphinx
  • the sejong cluster
  • the ensemble cluster

 

On Wednesday, March 19th, around 7 pm, the CIMSSAM Domain Controller and samba server will be rebooted with samba and OS updates. Access to CIMS Windows machines on the CIMSSAM Domain will be unavailable for a few minutes while the system is rebooting. If you have problems with a Windows machine after the reboot, please logout and log back in. If this fails, restart the machine, then login.

Software Updates

February 20, 2008

All linux systems (desktop and compute nodes) running RedHat Enterprise Linux 5 WILL BE REBOOTED as part of the process. In an effort to try and minimize any corrupted files or lost work, please save all your data and logout of any RHEL5 systems when you leave for the night. The updates are scheduled to go out between 11pm and 4am tonight.


The updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer labs. The computers in WWH502 (i386 machines) and WWH624 (x86_64 machines) are available for testing. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems.

  • WWH502: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH624: pubbox4.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox18.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)

 

Notable software updates/installs for linux include the following:

  • kernel
  • xorg

A full list of software updates for linux and solaris is available on the update page.

Software Updates

January 07, 2008

On Thursday night (01/10/2008), we will be running software updates on all linux machines. The systems will NOT be rebooted as part of the process. The updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer labs. The computers in WWH502 (i386 machines) and WWH624 (x86_64 machines) are available for testing. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems.

  • WWH502: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH624: pubbox18.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)

 

Some significant linux updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • kernel (activated on next reboot after updates)
  • Intel Software Development Suite (available for use in /opt/intel)
  • mesa (may require reboot for updated video drivers)
  • emacs
  • gcc
  • glibc
  • gtk2
  • libstdc++
  • libgfortran
  • tetex

A full list of software updates for linux and solaris is available on the update page.

Announcements Pre-2008

11/01/2007 - Software updates

On Thursday night (11/01/2007), we will be running software updates on all solaris and linux machines. The systems will NOT be rebooted as part of the process. The updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer labs. The computers in WWH502 (i386 machines) and WWH624 (x86_64 machines) are available for testing. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems.

  • WWH502: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH624: pubbox4.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox18.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)

 

Some important software that is being updated on both linux/solaris:

  • Matlab 2007b (This software is available for testing on any CIMS *nix machine by running from the command line: /opt/matlab/R2007b/bin/matlab)

Some significant linux updates include (but are not limitted to):

  • kernel (activated on next reboot)

A full list of software updates for linux and solaris is available on the update page.

10/08/2007 - Software updates

All linux systems (desktop and compute nodes) running RedHat Enterprise Linux 5 WILL BE REBOOTED as part of the process. In an effort to try and minimize any corrupted files or lost work, please save all your data and logout of any RHEL5 systems when you leave for the night on Thursday. The updates are scheduled to go out between 11pm and 4am on Thursday (10/11/2007) night. The updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer labs. The computers in WWH502 (i386 machines) and WWH624 (x86_64 machines) are available for testing. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems.

  • WWH502: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH624: pubbox4.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox18.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)

 

Notable software updates/installs for linux include the following:

  • kernel
  • mesa
  • qt
  • xemacs

A full list of software updates for linux and solaris is available on the update page.

8/31/2007 - Windows Profile Changes

We have changed how Windows profiles are set up in user accounts and on CIMS Windows PCs. For information on how profiles work and important configuration changes that must be made by users of certain packages, such as Thunderbird, please read the Windows profile overview.

8/30/2007 - New Podiums in Rooms 101 and 102 of Warren Weaver Hall

New podiums have been installed in rooms 101 and 102 of Warren Weaver Hall, so if you are teaching in these rooms, or coordinating any events requiring use of the A/V equipment in these rooms, you'll need to get a new key (same key for both cabinets). These are available for pick up from room 1022 WWH.

You should not need a key if you are only using a laptop, as selecting the device (PC, Mac, Laptop) can be done from the keyboard, which is not locked up. For more information, please see the updated equipment overview.

8/28/2007 - Projectors in rooms 1314 of WWH and 709 of 719 Broadway

Ceiling mounted projectors have been installed in rooms 709 of 719 Broadway and 1314 of Warren Weaver Hall . Power buttons and a VGA cable for connecting a laptop are on the wall next to the projection screen.

8/20/2007 - Software updates

All linux systems (desktop and compute nodes) running RedHat Enterprise Linux 5 WILL BE REBOOTED as part of the process. In an effort to try and minimize any corrupted files or lost work, please save all your data and logout of any RHEL5 systems when you leave for the night on Thursday. The updates are scheduled to go out between 11pm and 4am on Thursday night. The updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer labs. The computers in WWH502 (i386 machines) and WWH624 (x86_64 machines) are available for testing. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems.

  • WWH502: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH624: pubbox4.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox18.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)

 

Notable software updates/installs for linux include the following:

  • firefox
  • freetype
  • kde/qt
  • kernel
  • samba
  • subversion
  • tetex(latex/tex)
  • Xorg

A full list of software updates for linux and solaris is available on the update page.

We expect this update to fix some video driver issues as well as many other minor bugs with the new RHEL5 installs.

If you experience any problems with applications running on the new version of linux, you should be able to run your programs on one of our servers by running `ssh -Y SERVER PROGRAM`, where SERVER is one of our compute servers, and PROGRAM is the program you want to run. If this is the case, please notify helpdesk@cims.nyu.edu to let us know so we can correct these problems as soon as possible.

 

7/16/2007 - Linux OS Upgrades

Starting Monday (7/23/2007), we will begin upgrading all the linux machines from RHEL3/4 to RHEL5. Due to the substantial number of machines, these upgrades will take several weeks.

The updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer labs. The computers in WWH502 (i386 machines) and WWH624 (x86_64 machines) are available for testing. We urge people to test any software packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems.

  • WWH502: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH624: pubbox4.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox18.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)

These upgrades will require physical access to each machine along with at least an hour downtime including several reboots. We will begin visiting offices to start these upgrades next week.

The local /scratch file systems will begin being backed up on July 20th, however the /scratch filesystems are expected to remain intact. In the event that a /scratch file system is lost however, any changes to your local /scratch file systems between July 20th and the date of that systems update will be lost.

To state any concerns, report any software problems, or ask any questions, please email: helpdesk at cims.nyu.edu.

 

6/29/2007 - Software updates

On Thursday night (7/05/2007), all the linux machines will run software updates. The linux machines will not be rebooted. The updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer labs. The computers in WWH502 (i386 machines) and WWH624 (x86_64 machines) are available for testing. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems.

  • WWH502: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH624: pubbox4.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox18.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)

 

Notable software updates/installs for linux include:

  • kernel-2.6.9-55.0.2
  • ruby-1.8.1-7.EL4.8
  • mutt-1.4.1-12.0.3.el4
  • evolution-2.0.2-35.0.4.el4
  • thunderbird 1.5.0.10-0.1.el4
  • firefox 1.5.0.10-0.1.el4
  • seamonkey 1.0.9-2.el4

A full list of software updates for linux and solaris is available on the update page.

 

5/14/2007 - Software updates

On Thursday night (5/17/2007), all the linux machines will run software updates. The linux machines will be rebooted! The updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer labs. The computers in WWH502 (i386 machines) and WWH624 (x86_64 machines) are available for testing. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems.

  • WWH502: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox10.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH624: pubbox4.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox18.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)

 

Notable software updates for linux include:

  • kernel-2.6.9-55
  • xorg-x11-6.8.2-1.EL.18
  • gcc-3.4.6-8
  • ImageMagick-6.0.7.1-17
  • gtk+-1.2.10-36
  • glibc-2.3.4-2.36
  • evolution-2.0.2-35.el4

A full list of software updates for linux and solaris is available on the update page.

 

4/9/2007 - Software updates

On Thursday night (4/12/2007), all the linux and solaris machines will run software updates. The linux machines will be rebooted! The updates have already been made on several linux machines in the computer labs. The computers in WWH502 (i386 machines) and WWH624 (x86_64 machines) are available for testing. We urge people to test any packages that are critical to their work and let us know if they encounter any problems.

  • WWH502: pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox13.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH502: pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu (i386)
  • WWH624: pubbox4.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox18.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)
  • WWH624: pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu (x86_64)

 

Notable software updates for linux include:

  • Matlab-R2007a (available for testing in /opt/matlab/R2007a)
  • Maple-11 (available for testing in /opt/maple/11)
  • kernel-2.6.9-42.0.10
  • mysql-4.1.20-2
  • xorg-x11-6.8.2-1

Notable software updates for solaris include:

  • Matlab-R2007a (available for testing in /opt/matlab/R2007a)
  • Maple-11 (available for testing in /opt/maple/11)

 

3/30/2007 - Software updates

On Friday (4/6/2007), all the linux and solaris machines will run software package updates. The machines will not be rebooted. This software has been pre-installed for testing on the linux machines in rooms 502 and 624, which are:

  • pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox4.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox13.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox18.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu

 

Notable software updates for linux include:

  • kernel-2.6.9-42.0.10
  • seamonkey-1.0.8-0.2.el4
  • gcc-3.4.6-3.1
  • gcc4-4.1.0-18.EL4.3
  • tecplot-360 (available for testing in /opt/tecplot/360)

 

Notable recent software updates for solaris are:

  • subversion-1.4.2
  • tecplot-360 (available for testing in /opt/tecplot/360)

 

A full list of software updates for linux is available on the update page.


3/26/2007 - Printer upgrade

nettk07 has been replaced with an HP color printer. The spool name nettk07 has been changed to cpr05

2/26/2007 - Software updates

On Friday (3/2/2007), all the linux machines will run software package updates. The machines will not be rebooted. This software has been pre-installed for testing on the linux machines in rooms 502 and 624, which are:

  • pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox4.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox13.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox18.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu

 

Notable software updates for linux include:

  • kernel-2.6.9-42.0.8
  • tetex-3.0 (includes latex/tex)
  • make-3.81
  • gtk2-2.4.13-22
  • perl-5.8.5-36
  • ImageMagick-6.0.7.1

 

A full list of software updates for linux is available on the update page.

1/29/2007 - Software updates

On Friday (2/2/2007), all the linux machines will run software package updates. The machines will not be rebooted. This software has been pre-installed for testing on the linux machines in rooms 502 and 624, which are:

  • pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox4.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox13.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox18.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu

 

Notable software updates for linux include:

  • subversion-1.4.2
  • flash-plugin-9.0.31.0 (excludes x86_64)
  • acroread-7.0.9
  • libgsf-1.10.1
  • doxygen-1.5.1

 

Notable recent software updates for solaris are:

  • doxygen-1.5.1
  • R-2.4.0
  • perl-Encode::Mapper-1.20
  • perl-Encode::Arabic-1.14

 

11/22/2006 - Software updates

On Friday (12/1/2006), all the linux machines will run software package updates. The machines will not be rebooted. This software has been pre-installed for testing on the linux machines in rooms 502 and 624, which are:

  • pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox4.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox13.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox18.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu

 

Notable software updates for linux include:

  • openoffice.org-2.0.4
  • seamonkey-1.0.6
  • firefox-1.5.0.8
  • thunderbird-1.5.0.8
  • qt-3.3.3
  • R-2.4.0
  • ImageMagick-devel
  • xcin-2.5.3

 

A full list of software updates for linux is available here.

10/30/2006 - Software updates

On Friday (11/3/2006), all the linux machines will run software package updates including a new kernel. The machines will not be rebooted however because this is not a critical kernel update and the new kernel will go into effect on the next bootup. This software has been pre-installed for testing on the linux machines in rooms 502 and 624, which are:

  • pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox4.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox13.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox18.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu

 

Notable software updates for linux include:

  • kernel-smp-2.6.9-42.0.3.EL
  • eclipse-3.2.1

 

A full list of software updates for linux is available here.

The following solaris lab machines have been upgraded from solaris 9 to solaris 10 (SunOS 5.10) and have been upgraded to 2GB of RAM each:

  • pubsun1
  • pubsun2
  • pubsun3
  • pubsun4
  • pubsun5
  • pubsun6

 

10/2/2006 - Software updates

On Thursday Night (10/5/2006), all the linux machines will be updated with new software packages and will be rebooted. This software has been pre-installed for testing on the linux machines in rooms 502 and 624, which are:

  • pubbox1.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox3.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox4.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox13.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox18.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox20.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox22.cims.nyu.edu
  • pubbox23.cims.nyu.edu

 

Notable software updates for linux include:

  • kernel-smp-2.6.9-42.0.2.EL
  • gcc-3.4.6-3
  • gcc4-4.1.0
  • xorg-x11-6.8.2
  • seamonkey-1.0.5 (mozilla)
  • firefox-1.5.0.7
  • thunderbird-1.5.0.7
  • eclipse-3.0.2
  • jdk-1.5.0_09 (new 64bit on supported platforms)

 

A full list of software updates for linux is available here.

Notable recent software updates for solaris are:

  • make-3.81
  • gcc-4.1.1
  • perl-5.8.8
  • bison-2.3
  • unrtf-0.20.2

 

5/12/2006 - Software updates

NYU letterhead

On both linux and solaris machines, we have a new way to create the NYU letterhead. The previous method relied on a very old version of latex (2.09) which is essentially obsolete. It also generated warnings and did not display the NYU torch symbol when viewing the dvi output. The new method fixes all of these inconveniences. To use it, just replace the line:

\documentstyle[nyultrhd]{letter}

with

\documentclass{letter}
\usepackage{nyuletterhead}

From a Linux/Sun machine, there there is a sample letter in /usr/local/share/texmf-local/doc/latex/sample.tex.

Dr Scheme

A new version of the DrScheme environment has been installed on both solaris and linux machines.

Simple overlooked Unix utilities

Here is a sampling of some simple command-line Unix utilities we have installed:

 

  • less : a text file viewer

    If you like more, you'll love less. This is a text file viewer with some nice features; for example, unlike more, less allows backward as well as forward movement in the file.

  • rename : a powerful file renamer

    Renames the filenames supplied according to the rule (which can use regular expressions) specified as the first argument.

  • file : determine file type

    If you have a file and are not sure what sort of file it is, you can use the file to find out.

  • dos2unix and unix2dos - Unix <-> DOS/MAC text file converter

    To convert a text file created on a DOS or Windows system, run

    dos2unix -ascii OLD-FILENAME NEW-FILENAME

    This strips the extra carriage returns from OLD-FILENAME that DOS is wont to place in the file, and writes the result to NEW-FILENAME.

The remainder of the updates for the linux machines can be seen here.


3/21/2006 - Recent software installation

On both linux and solaris machines, the following have been recently updated/installed:

  • ifinger
    Used to find a person's CIMS username given all or part of their first or last name, and vice versa.
  • xxdiff
    A very good graphical file and directory comparator and merge tool.
  • doxygen
    A documentation system for various languages.

    Doxygen can generate an online class browser (in HTML) and/or a reference manual (in LaTeX) from a set of documented source files.

On the solaris machines, the list of recently updated software is:

  • teTeX-3.0
    Contains all the commonly used TeX related programs and packages, including latex, tex, dvips, etc.

    Additionally, the following latex packages and fonts that were not included in teTeX were installed:

    • chicago (BibTeX format)
    • mathabx fonts (for TeX)
    • beamer-3.06
    • powerdot-1.3
    • pgf
    Beamer and powerdot are latex packages for making slides.
  • rsync-2.6.6
    A fast, flexible replacement for rcp
  • python-2.4.2
    A dynamic object oriented programming scripting language. It offers strong support for integration with other languages and tools, and comes with extensive standard libraries.
  • sparsehash-0.3
    Several hash-map implementations for C++
  • grepmail
    Looks for mail messages that match a pattern
  • Perl modules:
    [For Perl hackers only] A number of Perl modules were installed/updated:
    • Storable (2.15)
    • Bundle::CPAN
    • PathTools (3.15)
    • Compress::Zlib (1.41)
    • Test::Base (0.48)
    • Test::Simple (0.62)
    • Spiffy (0.30)
    • Digest::SHA (5.32)
    • YAML (0.55)

On the linux machines, notable updates include:

  • Firefox-1.5
    A browser, derived from mozilla, but faster.
  • Thunderbird-1.5
    A graphical mail client, also derived from mozilla.

The remainder of the updates for the linux machines can be seen here.


1/27/2006

The CIMS webcalendar has been upgraded. Existing calendars have been transferred over, so, aside from software improvements, the upgrade should be seamless.


Network Disruption

December 28, 2007

On Friday, January 4th, 2008, between 8 am and 9 am, network connectivity throughout the CIMS network will be disrupted while the main server room switch is shut down to upgrade its supervisor card. The actual outage should not last more than 30 minutes, but there will likely be residual effects lasting for several minutes beyond that while connections between hosts are being re-established.

System Maintenance

The systems group tries to minimize disruptions in system and file availability. However, it is important to keep the systems and software up to date, particularly where computer and network security is involved.

Here we will provide a general outline of our regular maintenance schedule.

Server Maintenance

Our file servers and mail gateways are the backbone of the Courant computing environment, and so their constant availability is critical during the Institute's peak operational times. Therefore, we try to avoid any outages for scheduled maintenance during the fall and spring semesters, except when such work is necessary to uphold the security or operability of the systems.

Maintenance and upgrades of our critical servers, including operating system patches and hardware updates, will be performed in January, prior to the beginning of the spring semester, in May, after the spring term ends, and in August in preparation for the new academic year.

The systems involved will be the fileservers on which home directories and mail reside, the CIMS and departmental webservers, the mail gateway, the systems collectively known as access.cims.nyu.edu, and computational resources running Solaris. Notices will be sent to all users regarding specific outages in advance of any scheduled work.

Linux Desktop and Compute Server Maintenance

Updates will generally be applied on all of our linux systems on a monthly basis, on the first Friday of every month. A week before the general rollout of updates, on the last Friday of each month, some or all of the linux desktop machines in the computer labs public labs will be completely updated and rebooted. Once this is done, users will be notified of the system and software changes, so they can have an opportunity to test any critial software that may have been changed and alert us to any problems prior to the updates being applied on the remaining desktops and compute servers.

The CIMS linux machines are configured to check at boot up for any missed updates and install them, as needed. Office machines which are turned off for any length of time will install these updates during the boot process when they are powered back up, and this can take a while, depending on how long the machine has been down (and how many monthly update cycles in may have missed). Please do not interrupt this process.

This scheduling may be modified to work around holidays and particularly busy times, such as the beginnings and ends of semesters, in which case the linux updates will follow roughly the same schedule as for the servers as outlined above.  Additionally, security updates of a critical nature may be applied without prior notification.

 

Windows Updates

Microsoft releases updates on the second Tuesday of every month, so, in general, we try to apply them as quickly as possible once they're released. Because management of Windows systems often involves personal attention to individual machines, these updates are usually applied to all the Windows computers over the course of a few days. It is critical for people using Windows as their office desktop computers to log off and leave their computers turned on, so we can apply the updates remotely during off hours, rather than having to inconvenience people during the business day.

Announcements of a noncritical nature, such as changes in resources and services, upgrades to software and the availability of new software are posted here.

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